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Using EPS in basement: Non-continuous

...basements, and for a few more tips you could check out our page on How to Insulate Basements Properly . That's an excellent 'all one one' basement insulation sy...

Posted by Steve J July 20, 2019, 10:01 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

Durable basement wall insulation techniques

I live in climate zone 5 in USA and plan to frame basement walls roughly 3” away from concrete and then place mineral wool between the studs. I do not plan to ...

Posted by Chad Johnson March 25, 2019, 8:33 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How do I waterproof a foundation from the inside?

We have a self-adhesive membrane on the outside wall of our foundation but the water enters through the joint between the walls and the floor. How can I waterp...

Posted by Anonymous Nov. 14, 2017, 9:47 a.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

Where would I go for guidance on structural design of footings that sit on top of high-density insulation?

I'm not concerned with the compression issue, but rather how the lateral (shear) loads get transferred from the concrete footing into the soil, via the insulat...

Posted by Douglas Bennion July 31, 2019, 4:34 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

What type of green flooring is best for a basement floor?

We just had a rare flash flood which raised the water table and forced water into our basement between the floor and wall. It was a finished basement with carp...

Posted by Jeff Krohn Sept. 15, 2019, 5:52 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What is the best method/order of insulating rim joists with EPS+batts?

...basements have read about three methods using EPS & batt with slightly different orders. Plan to insulate concrete walls with 2" of EPS, with 2x4 framing (fille...

Posted by Steve J July 18, 2019, 3:53 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What insulation should I put on basement block walls that is resistant to mold?

...basements properly . Having a professional (an engineer or at least an experienced foundation contractor) inspect it first is a good idea to make sure you do ...

Posted by Ken Gee July 31, 2019, 3:25 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Should I insulate my basement ceiling?

...basements in older homes simply are not insulated at all, and therefore they do have higher heating bills to show for it (which is not great long term), but for...

Posted by Nina Hartt March 21, 2019, 8:23 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How can I get rid of moisture between the vapor barrier and the insulation in a basement?

...basements/ Having to remove all the poly is probably not the news you were hoping for but you are at least fortunate in the sense that there is no drywall on ...

Posted by David Mitchell Aug. 14, 2018, 6:32 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Why do you say building on a slab is more ecological than starting with a basement?

...Basements are certainly useful, but from an environmental point of view, the benefits of slab-on-grade construction over a basement are undeniable, I will expla...

Posted by Anonymous Dec. 11, 2017, 11:45 a.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

Can you install tubing under a slab on grade foundation to extract heat in winter?

Can tubing for a ground source heat pump be put under an iso-slab slab on grade foundation to extract winter heat Hi Jennifer We generally recommend people c...

Posted by Jennifer Cole Aug. 28, 2019, 11:34 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Testing for radon gas after renovations

I plan on improving insulation to the point of needing an air exchanger. I thought it best to test for radon gas after I've tightened up the major air leakage ...

Posted by Mary Anne S March 5, 2019, 7:46 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 3 Responses

Considering a slab on grade vs a basement

...basements walls cannot dry to the exterior, so more caution must be taken in designing and building walls below grade. Also, basements flood, that’s just a part...

Posted by Shaun B April 2, 2019, 6:35 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

Are mice droppings and urine toxic?

...basements, as it is susceptible to moisture damage. EPS rigid foam boards or Rockwool would be a better alternative. Both are more suitable for potentially humi...

Posted by Anonymous Nov. 14, 2017, 4:49 p.m. Pest control 1 Responses

How do you insulate a crawlspace?

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Posted by Anonymous Nov. 14, 2017, 9:22 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

Insulating walkout basement made of CMU Wall with a rockwool.

...basements. Basements and basement walls work differently in summer and winter than walls exposed to air . Basement walls are always cold but touching earth ...

Posted by Victor B June 19, 2019, 11:41 p.m. Basements improvements 5 Responses

How to remove moisture/condensation from basement walls

...basements are moldy , as well as how to insulate a basement properly . Perhaps they used metal studs instead of wood studs as a way to stop the wall from rottin...

Posted by Aaron Keating July 27, 2019, 4:51 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

When you want water to drain out of a house

How would a “passive” or airtight house fare in a flood incident, either from inside (burst water tank) or from outside (like New Brunswick’s spring floods)? ...

Posted by Wendy Tsao May 7, 2018, 12:46 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses
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